An industry term used by marketers and manufacturers, planned obsolescence is the practice of making a product out-of-date or archaic within a specific period. It’s done by introducing a newer, “better,” or more fashionable version, or by intentionally designing the product to break and become useless quickly. Planned obsolescence spurs consumer demand and ensures future…
Americans love eating out at restaurants and aren’t likely to stop. And if it’s something you truly enjoy doing with your family, there may be room for it in your budget. After all, part of raising kids involves creating fun experiences and shared memories, and eating out on occasion can be one way — though…
Have you ever thought about how much of your time is spent simply watching television? It’s probably more than you think. If you’re like a growing number of people, you might suspect, deep down, that watching hours of TV every day isn’t the best use of your time. If you’re ready to cut down on…
It’s far too easy to drift on life’s current rather than steer your own ship. But if you don’t define and create your ideal life, you end up living your boss’s vision, your parents’ vision, your spouse’s vision, “the Joneses’” vision — everyone’s idea of what your life should look like except your own. It’s…
Cruising has never been as popular as it is today. Nearly 26 million passengers boarded cruise ships in 2017, and the Cruise Lines International Association projects that number will jump to more than 27 million in 2018 – another all-time high. If the industry has its way, those numbers will rise even faster. Newer, bigger ships…
What’s more fun than a wedding reception? For close friends of the bride and groom to be, the bachelor and bachelorette parties clearly beat out the reception. They also tend to be costly, especially when they take place far from most attendees’ homes. Multiday destination parties are miniature vacations, with line-item expenses to match: airfare, hotel…
Denver sits in a picturesque valley on Colorado’s High Plains, just east of the Rocky Mountain foothills. Its stunningly beautiful setting belies a cosmopolitan culture and a strong, diverse economy that supports major energy producers, big financial firms, and innovative technology companies. Also, thanks to a great park system and proximity to incredible natural assets,…
Back when I was young, getting mail was a lot more fun. There was always the possibility of a letter – an actual letter, written on paper – from a friend or a family member. It made taking in the day’s mail something to look forward to. Today, it’s different. Thanks to the Internet and cheap phone…
Your desk job might literally be killing you. According to the American Heart Association, sitting for long periods has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Even worse, a 2015 study found that the more time you spend sitting, the greater your risk is for early death. As if that wasn’t…
According to The Knot 2018 Real Weddings Study, the average U.S. wedding cost $33,931 in 2018. By comparison, the U.S. median household income was $61,372 in 2017. To be sure, The Knot’s study averaged more than 14,000 wedding bills. Its sample size no doubt included blockbuster weddings with six-figure price tags, plus some low-key backyard affairs…